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Swapnil, Saurabh Put India Blue in Command in Duleep Trophy

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Dindigul: India Blue dominated proceedings towards India Pink on the third day of the Duleep Trophy ultimate at NPR School floor on Thursday, needing 5 extra wickets to wrap up a win.Fourteen wickets fell on the day, of which 12 had been picked up by the spinners as offie Swapnil Singh turned issues in India Blue’s favour with a five-wicket haul in Pink’s first innings.

Resuming its first innings at 27 for 1 in response to the opponent’s 541, defending champion India Pink acquired off to a cautious begin and misplaced only one wicket within the first 90 minutes.

Nonetheless, a run-out earlier than tea opened the floodgates and Swapnil (5 for 58) and Deepak Hooda (2 fo 18) took over. India Pink misplaced wickets at common intervals to be bundled out for 182, conceding a 359-run lead.

B Sandeep was the one India Pink batsman to make a big contribution, scoring 57 (112 balls, 6X4, 1X6). Resistance from the tail-enders (Parvez Rasool (22) and Prasidh Krishna (25, 1X4, 3X6)) took the full to 182.

Swapnil’s haul included Sandeep, Siddhesh Lad (8) and Ishan Kishan (0), amongst others.

India Blue skipper Faiz Fazal had no hesitation in implementing the follow-on and the bowlers vindicated his religion by taking 5 wickets within the second innings to go away the group on the edge of a memorable triumph.

UP left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar acquired into the act within the second innings, taking three wickets as India Pink slipped to 128 for five in 28 overs at stumps.

Vidarbha opener Sanjay Ramaswamy (11) was the primary to go, stumped by Smit Patel of Saurabh. In the meantime, skipper Abhinav Mukund, trying to shake off a lean patch had raced away to 46 earlier than he was stumped by Patel off Saurabh.

Ashutosh Singh (22) was caught by Fazal off Saurabh to go away India Pink in additional hassle. The normally dependable Siddesh Lad acquired a supply that stored low from Hooda, to be dismissed for a duck. Sandeep (22, 14 balls) regarded in good contact earlier than he edged one to Patel off Saurabh.

Ishan Kishan (25 not out) and Writtick Chatterjee (13 not out) noticed the group by means of to stumps at 128 for five. They want 231 extra runs to keep away from an innings defeat.




First Revealed: September 6, 2018, 11:15 PM IST



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